Congratulations on completing two full weeks of the Clean Cuisine Challenge!
The Challenge so far has probably been just that, a bit of a challenge, but by now you should be starting to get the hang of things and beginning to see how amazing it feels to live a Clean Cuisine lifestyle. And this is still just the beginning…
However, if you still find yourself having trouble staying motivated then be sure to read this article written by our dear friend and Clean Cuisine contributor, Erin Lodeesen, as she shares her own experience sticking with Clean Cuisine and how she learned to overcome her personal excuses.
Ok, let’s press on and move into week 3…
Focus of Week 3:
This week we will focus on the big fat and oil change and adding in “Clean Cuisine” dinners, plus continue with all of the changes from the previous weeks.
Full Fitness Fusion focus: continue performing the Strength Workout three times per week. Note: We recommend doing the 10-minute warm-up video beforehand and the 10-minute stretch video afterward.
3 Big Changes of the Week:
- Start eating “Clean Cuisine” dinners (more on exactly what this means tomorrow!)
- Make a conscious effort to eat less oil and instead get the majority of your fat from healthy plant-based whole fats, such as raw nuts, raw seeds, avocado, olives, and coconut. Note: Read the Clean Cuisine book for more information on why it is better to get the majority of your dietary fat in “whole food” form.
- Be sure to read the ingredients on all packaged foods you buy! Most of them are made with too much oil, and most of the oil used is cheap, unhealthful, and highly processed. The following is a list of oils you want to avoid completely.
Oils to avoid
- Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
- Corn oil
- Soybean oil
- Oil marketed as pure vegetable oil (usually a mixture of soybean oil and corn oil)
- Any oil labeled as “refined” (including refined grapeseed oil)
- Peanut oil
- Safflower oil
- Sunflower oil
- Cottonseed oil
- Grape seed oil
Note: Understanding the role dietary fats and oils play in your health and weight is something we go into great detail explaining in chapter 5 of our Clean Cuisine book.
Clean Cuisine Tip:
When it comes to reducing systemic inflammation, the type of fat you eat is much more important than the amount. In addition, it is always better to eat “whole” fats as opposed to oil (for example, olives are healthier than olive oil), this is especially important for overweight individuals. The next few days we’ll be exploring this in much more detail.